Let’s Talk About Obamacare

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With just five days to go before the healthcare bill is put into effect, officials from both sides of the aisle are scrambling to get their affairs in order, make last-minute decisions, and rally supporters, either for or against the new law.

But no one has taken such a bold and decisive stand against Obamacare like Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has been carrying on an old-fashioned filibuster since last night and continuing until noon today or until he is “no longer able to stand.” This filibuster included a couple of bedtime stories to his two daughters who were getting ready to go to bed. A couple of stories were from a children’s Bible.

Whether you watch CNN or Fox News, we seem to hear a lot about what the politicians think about Obamacare, with a few snippets from everyday American’s here and there. I’m not much interested in what politicians (or News commentators) think about President Obama’s new healthcare law. I am curious, though, what everyday people like you and me think about it, and how we perceive it’s going to affect us, be it for good or for bad.

I just love talking politics. I guess that’s the reason for this blog post. I really want to hear what you all think about Obamacare, your fears, your excitement, how it might help you, how it might hurt you.

I ask that when placing your comments below, you keep them brief. State your opinion on the new bill, and, if you’re comfortable, your party affiliation. And remember, no one’s going to change the law by posting a comment on this blog, so don’t try to do so. Also, please be courteous and respectful to fellow commenters and to our President, as he is in a place of authority over us, whether we agree with his ruling or not.

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49 Responses to Let’s Talk About Obamacare

  1. allofmywords says:

    I, personally, am for this law. I classify myself as an independent, because when I look at the ‘main issues’ of politics, I am pretty much 50% conservative and 50% liberal. I am excited about this law because of the preventative care features. Things like mammograms will be more accessible, people who couldn’t afford healthcare before will be able to now. Things like Birth Control are now basically – if not completely – free (without getting into my stance on reproductive rights, birth control can stop unwanted pregnancies and therefore abortions from happening). I think it will do more good than people realize.

  2. revbmw says:

    I have a daughter with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. I am a breast cancer survivor. In February, my health insurance runs out. I’m not exceptional. We all need better access to healthcare. Obamacare may not be perfect, but it beats standing still and doing nothing. It’s a starting point from which we can learn, not an ending point that cannot be changed forever. Only God has that power.

  3. bgddyjim says:

    Well let’s see, three years ago I had decent coverage. After the third increase in as many years I had to drop that to catastrophic with a minimal dental plan, just so I could have insurance in case something REALLY bad happens. My doctor, who I’d been seeing for a decade, retired and took a job in education so he wouldn’t have to deal with the regulations. My next doctor just informed me that he’s moving too – and his replacement decided that he’s only going to take cash from now on, that he’ll just let his patients deal with the insurance company to get reimbursed. What’s not to love? I can’t wait until the rest of the law is enacted.

    If you’re for this law it is because you’re either sheltered, uninformed or simply aren’t paying attention. Nothing will be more accessible at the rate doctors are fleeing the industry. Waiting lines a mile long are right around the corner. Oh, but the good news is that those who are subsidized will have better insurance than I do at a tenth of the cost. That is, of course, unless they choose to save several hundred dollars a year and opt for the fine instead. Oh goody, this is gonna be GREAT!

  4. Debbie says:

    I believe Obamacare will hurt this country. If Obamacare is so wonderful and affords so much more to the people, then why has the government opted out of it and have their own plan? Why are businesses in droves dropping their spousal insurance causing the spouses to have to purchase plans that no longer have employer discounts causing them to pay exhorbitant prices for their plan? This will hurt the middle class the most because they will make too much money to get any help, but not enough to truly cover their insurance needs. If you are for this, you really should be listening to the debate on the floor right now and then tell me why you are for this.

  5. Adam Shields says:

    Obamacare if far from perfect. But I find reactions like Bgddyjim’s odd. Yes there will be a lot of change, and not all of it will be good. Some doctors may choose to do something else. But doing nothing about health care is just not an option. Too many people could not get insurance at any price. Pre-existing condition clauses were ridiculous (I actually had a friend who’s insurance would not cover her child’s delivery because she had previously had a c-section and considered a new birth a preexisting condition).

    I am also frustrated that the choice of Cruz and others has been to tear down the law instead of making it better. It is at root based on conservative think tank ideas. And if it has changed, it is primarily changed because current conservatives have been unwilling to enter into the conversation.

    People that are for Obamacare in my experience tend to have pretty good reasons to be for it and are not ‘sheltered, uninformed or not paying attention’. Instead many that are for it have a good understanding of the problems of the health care system prior to enacting and while it may not be perfect believe that it is a movement in the right direction.

  6. I find Obama Care is not perfect, needs twecking as we go along. But it is so much better then what we had, those against it really do not understand or have not even read the law. I believe it does and will work. If you listen to the reports on the news, you get a very screwed opinion of the law. People say that Government such as Congress are exempt, they are not, which leads me to believe it is why they are fighting it. We tax payers pay 3/4 of the Congresses health care now. When the law goes into effect totally, Congress will have to get their health care from the exchange like everyone else, they will only get substized like everyone else, which means they will have to pay more then they do now. They will be forced to take responsibility for themselves. God forbid they should have the same health care as the rest of us, however, maybe they could use the money they save from us not paying for them to sure up the Social Security or Medicare. In stead of spend or wasting millions on trying to end a bill they originally approved, why are they not passing helpful bills for jobs, higher minimum wage, etc? That’s what I feel. I’ve read the ACA and understand it. And truthfully both my husband and I will benefit because we have pre existing problems, those who had cancer will benefit also.

    • Ria says:

      There are some good points in the Law, but I’ve also read the bill along with the regulations that were written after the fact. Not everyone will be going into the exchanges, and Congress will retain their current health care plan. The bill requires everyone to have insurance, but certainly does not require everyone to have the same insurance. That would be nationalized health care, and we are still quite far from it in this country.

      • Again Congress is not exempt! We pay 3/4 of Congress health care now! Under Obama care, Congress can not get more of a break on health care then anyone else on the exchanges. Which means they will pay more then they do now! They want an exemption from it. That’s why they are fighting it now. But, they passed before, the court okay’d it. It is after all what Romney put in place in MA. Seems to be working there. I wish it was like Canada’s health care system but that is nationalized health care and most people would not like that either. Health care is broken in this Country. At least the ACA is a step in the right direction.

  7. kevindeisher says:

    I am an independent, leaning more toward Libertarian. There are parts of Obamacare that I like and parts I hate. I wish they would have enacted the law in bite size chunks to give the Congress the option to pass those pieces that are good legislation and to reject those pieces that are bad. I think we are stuck with a bureaucratic monstrosity that will, in the long run, hurt more than it helps.

    • Adam Shields says:

      I theoretically agree with you, but some of the less popular parts are essential to making some more popular parts work. For instance you can’t have a requirement to cover pre-existing conditions without an individual mandate or else people could theoretically wait until they are sick to get insurance. And ideally, everyone was talking together to make it work before hand. Although that didn’t happen.

  8. I don’t support Obamacare. It has a lot of problems, one of which is small business owners and nationally known ones announcing they’ll be cutting their employees hours to part-time or letting employees go altogether. I agree with a lot of what Kevin posted above. This is a huge monstrosity of a law and I wonder, at times, if it was planned so badly in order for it to be ultimately dumped to force a Nationalized Healthcare System in place that much sooner. If it is such a wonderful healthcare plan and solution than why are members of Congress, their staffers, the President, the Vice-President, members of this White House’s administration, and some major companies being allowed to not take part in it? Watch the Unions. They had a large meeting last week and one of their leaders denounced it to loud applause. Why? Because it will gut their cadillac healthcare plans that they set up years ago with the companies they work for. If unions are allowed to walk and not join it, I think it will go down in flames as unworkable. Too many times to count, the fed. govt. thinks they need to create programs to help people and ultimately those programs cause more unintended consequences that aren’t helpful at all and just cause frustration, more misery, and fraud, which wastes hard-working Americans tax dollars.

  9. allofmywords says:

    While I don’t think it is perfect – it is better than what we have. I’ve been denied coverage from various policies because of my pre-existing conditions – My father who is a cancer survivor also has.

    It will have to be tweaked. Things will have to be altered, but the health care in this country, at this point, is broken, and ridiculous.

  10. Catherine says:

    I am in the UK.I have several serious conditions which luckily I get treatment for on the NHS
    The rich can pay if they wish.It’s bad enough being ill without having to run about finding how you can buy your medication or find a doctor who will treat you

  11. Tracy says:

    I can say that the law is a disaster. The mandate that everyone get insurance only works if you can afford insurance. Employers aren’t going to provide you with insurance as you can see from how they’re cutting employee hours. However, the mandate companies cover pre-existing conditions will help those with pre-existing conditions who can afford insurance. But health care costs will rise for everyone else. My health insurance already increased premiums ‘due to increased expenses’.

    That said, this law will only help you if you
    a. have pre-existing conditions and can afford insurance
    b. Your state sets up an exchange where you can find insurance inexpensive enough.

    Given that health care premiums are going to rise, all round, b will be tough. Truth is, if the doctors hate the law and the insurance companies hate the law, and your employer hates the law, you’re in trouble – regardless of whether or not you have pre-existing conditions.

    Mostly, I just don’t like the law for one simple reason: If my grocery store has to provide health insurance for their workers, my grocery bill will rise. It’s high enough already. Increased costs for companies means lower wages, higher prices, and all round misery.

    • Insurance companies hate the law because they can not charge what they want. For to long insurance companies have been running the show and care only for the dollars they get. With the ACA they can not charge anyone more because of any reason. And by the way most big grocery stores like Kroger already pay there employees health care, they are union based and Kroger just lowered price again. Walmart probably will raise prices, but then again Walmart does not pay workers anything, so no big surprise there. So already the rates of insurance has started to go down. Yes, it needs work, but our system before the ACA was broken, people without insurance went to the ER which did make others with insurance pay more so the companies did raise rates, to off set costs at hospitals. Now with everyone getting insurance non pay will be reduced so will all premiums. It will not be that bad. Read the law check it out yourself. Do not go by the Fox News or other news. Be an informed consumer.

  12. Angie Ivey says:

    I believe all the things people appreciate about the Obamacare law (excessively restrictive could be passed in separate legislation (WA State has a portability law, and a restriction on pre-existing conditions, etc). The details that are not so attractive, and breaking the back of the country by taking away full time employment is unsustainable. Those who will receive the “benefits” they’ve spoken of, will not enjoy them if the country fails, along with the small businesses. I am not against Obamacare for the sake of being against it, but because it is poorly written and poorly implemented legislation.

    PS – we are NOT a democracy. we are a republic.

    • Actually you are correct, we are a republic, our founding fathers felt democracy would lead to total chaos. But, this bill is not bring down the Country, politics is destroying the Country. The Congress passed the ACA. Romney said he would get rid of it the first day in office. So if the people in this Country hated it so, why did they vote Obama back in and not Romney. That would have been the easy thing to do! The rest of the stuff you hear about employment woes etc, is hogwash. If Congress would work and do their job, others would have jobs. What destroyed this country was bills like NAFTA which Congress passed, even Romney’s line of work, sent jobs over seas. Again ACA is not perfect, so why doesn’t Cruz work to make it better rather then hold this Country hostage like terrorist do. Why one he gets paid by big business and insurance companies are big business. And two, he is not exempt from it, which means Congress loses a perk, they’ll pay just like the rest, and right now, tax money pays 3/4 of their health care. Plain and simple, they do not want to be equal to anybody.

  13. Our president is only one portion of the “balance of power” ….and he is not in authority over me. We citizens give our trust and authority to the elected leaders.
    My husband works in the health care industry, maintaining and purchasing health care equipment. This bill scares the $$$$$$ right out of the hospital he works for. No one in positions of “authority and leadership” in the local hospitals are quite sure the outcome; but they are seeing increased costs at every turn. This is a community based, non-profit healthcare facility, and the Affordable Health Care act is costing money – big time. Result…increase in costs of service….
    The tax on medical equipment is a hidden tax that will cost you – the consumer – more for every procedure, because the facility has no choice but to pass it along.

  14. leomcneil1 says:

    Ted Cruz has done a fine job firing up his conservative base, of which I’m part. Cruz isn’t going to win this battle though. As much as defunding Obamacare is a good idea, the political reality is that it has no chance of passing. In fact, Obama will shut the government down while he and the media blame Republicans for it. Obamacare is going to be a disaster and its likely going to collapse on itself. Obama is already unilaterally delaying portions of the bill because his administration can’t get things figured out before October 1st. If Obamacare is a big disaster, it likely will sweep Republicans into full control of the Congress next year. To me, that’s a better move than shutting down government and putting 2014 in jeopardy.

  15. Adam Shields says:

    The Kaiser Family Foundation has been a big proponent of the law, so they are not a completely neutral source. But their new report says that while there is wide variety of rates, the many of the rates are coming in lower than projections.

    http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2013/September/25/Federal-Exchange-Rates-Lower-Than-Expected.aspx

    The big problem for the implementation are the large number of states that have not set up exchanges. But according to the report 95% of the US has at least two insurance options that they can choose from today.

  16. Ria says:

    The ACA is a bill written for insurance companies, not for citizens. A few good things: 100% covered/no co-pay physicals, maternity care, and routine care for babies. No pre-existing condition exclusions (though premiums can be raised for people who have them). The establishment of high-risk health care pools run by the states to help mitigate the high cost of people who have cancer and other expensive conditions.

    Negatives? Higher insurance premiums for almost everyone. Still no one fighting for the consumer. Still no solid options for people who are self-employed or otherwise in need of or seeking individual care (the exchanges may help offset this problem, but they won’t resolve it completely or particularly inexpensively). Still no ability to buy better quality health care from another state if your state’s plans aren’t what you want (for example, some states require insurance to cover things like infertility and many states don’t). A continued double standard in what employer-based plans are required to offer and what individual plans offer (individual plans in Texas, for example, do not have to provide maternity care, although employer-based plans do). Subsidies still are for employers–making them the “customer”–instead of individuals. Car insurance companies work to get the best deal for the person who chooses the plan, and health insurance companies are no different. The difference is, the health insurance companies are trying to please employers, not patients. (Also an issue for part-time workers or people at small companies that aren’t required to provide health care.)

    The ACA takes some steps in a right direction, but left too many good reforms or much needed reforms out of the conversation. It will do little to nothing to help the middle class and self-employed. And at its heart, it doesn’t reform the way patients and doctors interact with insurance companies in any positive or meaningful sense. And it does nothing to improve customer choice.

  17. Cheri L. says:

    Some parts of the law are good, like the part about existing conditions (you can’t be rejected because of them and care for the condition must be covered) and I believe they’ve also done away with annual and lifetime caps. But my mother, who just turned seventy, is now limited in her coverage to “comfort care.” If she suffers an injury such as a broken hip, replacement surgery is not covered. Other care that is not considered essential due to age is also not covered.
    The predictions for how it will affect small business are pretty dire too, and I have yet to hear an adequate response to them.
    It just seems to me that there are issues that haven’t been addressed and too many unknowns.

  18. I have to admit, I really don’t understand it all. All I know is that my husband and I adopted four children with special needs because we had good insurance (though not cheap, it was rather expensive for us actually) that would provide good specialists and our out-of-pocket expenses would be capped (but again not cheap). Now my husband is deceased, I pay for the COBRA coverage because my children need the specific doctors and hospitals we have chosen for their care. I pay A LOT of money and now it seems my rates will go up further. Would I like more affordable insurance? Absolutely! But not at the expense of my children’s medical care options. If I have the option to keep my COBRA coverage until the time period elapses, I am going to do it because I don’t want to deal with changing providers and specialists. I might have to though if my insurance company decides they don’t want to cover my particular children any more. That’s what worries me.

  19. Judy says:

    I know someone who fell down some stairs and broke her arm and jaw. She didn’t have health insurance, so she went to the ER and received minimal treatment and was told she would need to find a surgeon. Long story short, it took her SIX WEEKS to find a surgeon who was willing to operate on a payment plan. She was in great pain and could barely eat the whole time.

    My brother didn’t have health insurance when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. He had to have tests and treatment, and by the time he was able to get insurance through his employer, he’d racked up a bill of about $35,000. Needless to say, it didn’t get paid before he died. Who pays that bill? Those of us who have health insurance.

    Also, my husband and I have a small business and provide health insurance for our employees. The bill increases every year by leaps and bounds. I don’t see how it could get much worse under the Affordable Care Act.

    This law is far from perfect, but it’s got to be better than what we have now.

  20. eemoxam says:

    I live in Canada where we have had free health care for a long time, I don’t know what it is like to pay for a trip to the doctor and I have no desire to find out. I know the U.S. is different, and I know this healthcare plan is not the same as ours, but most other rich countries in the world have free healthcare, and if nothing else, I certainly don’t think it will cause the dire consequences some people think it will. It hasn’t here, or in France, England or any of the many other countries in the world that have had such programs for years. I think if you told a Canadian they had to pay for a trip to the doctor or a hospital visit or surgery, they would laugh in your face. I know I would. I can’t imagine having to worry about that and I am grateful that I don’t.

    • You do pay for you healthcare, you just pay for it through your taxes. You don’t have to make a co-pay or payment on the date of service, but you definitely pay something toward your healthcare.

      • eemoxam says:

        Well yes, we pay through taxes, but what I mean is that I don’t have to worry about coming up with thousands of dollars to go to a hospital. If I need medical care, I can just go, whether I have the money or not. I’ll never get a bill and I will never not get treatment, and that is what I am glad I don’t have to worry about.

  21. jessearl522 says:

    I would rather pay the fine than pay for insurance. $300-$400 year with only about $200-$400 in total doctor visits is cheaper than $3000 a year.Sure something could happen, thats why I have some saved away just in case. Currently in my life I do not need insurance and I can’t speak for those that do. But I am against Obama Care and I am against the government forcing people to buy things. I have accepted that there is nothing I can do to avoid this fine and get out of this stupid bill. And maybe it will do good, I don’t know. But I CANNOT afford insurance, and making it illegal to not have it is not going to change that.

  22. dougsaidwhat says:

    My premium has already gone up 20% because of this legislation.I hardly ever use it and am relatively healthy. I think that speaks volumes on how I feel about it (no sarcasm intended).

  23. Sorry, already feeling the effects of this law through my military healthcare. The number one issue, as others have pointed out, is there is no “standard” of care. My experience so far is the expectation is pretty low. I’d call it pallative care as opposed to medical care. I already have to wait 4-6 weeks to see my primary physicans and all my referrals for specialty care (pre-existing conditions) have to go back to my primary for approval (essentially delaying needed care). It’s a great thought, but very poor execution.

  24. rhchatlien says:

    I welcome the law. Thousands of young people with pre-existing medical conditions already have insurance because of the clause that they can stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26. Now they will be able to get their own insurance too because companies will no longer be able to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. For that alone, I think this law is a good thing.

  25. I live in Massachusetts, the place where Obamacare first began as “Romney Care!” (Republican idea) It is what Obamacare is based on, because it works, at relatively low cost to everyone. Most people who say they are against it are often the ones who will benefit most from it. Obamacare is not a perfect thing, This is the only truly bipartisan agreement we have seen in years. Republicans and Democrats alike and even the president himself can get points by citing the obvious — that human beings have never done much perfect in the history of the universe, and even though the Democrats don’t have the perfect answer this time — we really had to do something. Even if we have to fix it later. And those who smugly threaten to storm into the White House and repeal the health care law are playing stupid political games that can only be a detriment to our future.

  26. fieldri1 says:

    I’m from the country that had the universal coverage that was weirdly misrepresented when this bill was being discussed (the UK). The vast majority of people here think it is just plain weird that there should even be a discussion about universal healthcare. If you need to see a doctor then being able to see one (in an emergency you’ll go to Accident and Emergency, waiting time approx 4 hours, non-emergency go and see your family doctor, appointment in a day or so, depending on how urgent you want to make it).

    My parents have, between them, received 4 artificial hips, 2 artificial shoulders and an artificial knee.

    My wife has been hospitalised three times for a psychological condition, each time for more than 6 months all on the NHS. When she was pregnant there were very regular scans to check for development, and a consultant to answer our questions when there was a possible problem (there wasn’t thankfully. Be careful what you Google!).

    On several occasions one or other of us has been made redundant. In the USA that would have lead to a loss of coverage, and as a 20 year history of ill health would have precluded any insurance coverage I honestly don’t know what would have become of my wife. The perceived expense of American healthcare seems to be a product of profiteering from the companies involved (as evidenced by how hard they are fighting any competition with mis-information).

  27. ” I am curious, though, what everyday people like you and me think about it, and how we perceive it’s going to affect us, be it for good or for bad.” — Amen to this comment. Frankly, I do not understand Obamacare. I just want a plan that I can afford and understand…..

  28. It did not require an immense document to reform healthcare. It would be a good idea for folks to visit one of the websites that give you an idea of what you can expect to pay and what you will receive. DC does not understand the word affordable. The plans have a high out of pocket expense. They won’t be “present your card” plans where you receive your treatment for free. The plans appear to me to be 80/20 or 70/30 plans. That means you pay between 20 0r 30% of the cost. This adds up really fast to a large dollar amount. How many of us can afford an out of pocket annual amount around $6,000.00? I have been a Democrat, Republican and now consider myself non-party.

  29. ladeyday says:

    Cruz did NOT filibuster, he was just bloviating. There was no vote that he was preventing, He’s a great grandstander pulling the wool over the eyes of the uninformed. The country needs single payer healthcare, and Obamacare is the first step. We need to improve our health outcomes and that can only be achieved with healthcare for all.

  30. lordrumfish says:

    I am registered independent, since I have views on both sides of the aisle and I refuse to be categorized so easily. Anyhow, when it comes to Obamacare, it makes sense to me. Personally, I got a check back from the insurance company not too long ago telling me that my rates were going down, so Obamacare is saving me money. With the state of health care expense today, it makes sense that all Americans should have health care because a normal person cannot possibly hope to cover medical bills out of pocket. It’s pretty obvious to me that if the private sector were going to fix this problem, they would have done so by now instead of making it worse.

  31. I agree with many of the commenters here that the law is far from perfect, but it is a step in the right direction. Our health care system has been broken for a long time, lining the pockets of pharmaceutical and insurance CEOs at the expense of the sickest and most vulnerable people in our society. Access to affordable health care and education should be two fundamental opportunities for citizens of any developed country… especially one that claims to lead the world by example. We should not go bankrupt because we are sick. Corporations should not get rich on the backs of the ailing. I’ve spoken to many in the health care industry (nurses and doctors), who agree and are hopeful about the Affordable Care Act. I am looking forward to seeing how (and if) the new laws change the landscape of our health care system. Our system has always been very very good… for those who are healthy and/or rich. The rest of us have been out of luck for way too long. Bring on the change! Those are my two cents… and I am also independent.

  32. winolady says:

    I will put it out there that I’m a social liberal, fiscally responsible, rights loving person. Not sure if I really am a Democrat but also not going to deny that’s how I vote federally – though if we did have a more-than-two party system, I’d be open to more options. Either way, I was vaguely supportive of the ACA as it was conceived but I didn’t really think about it all that much. At the time, I was a military wife with Tricare (amazing insurance given to all members of the military) so I didn’t have to worry. My husband left the army after his tour of duty was up and we both started going to school. Long story short, about 2 months ago, I lost my insurance (my husband was downsized from his job and I only work part time). Exactly one month ago, I got sick. I had a cold so I wasn’t too concerned but after 3 weeks only getting worse, I had to go to the doctor. Thankfully, I can be billed in installments but I had to pay $120 up front for antibiotics I needed for my severe infection. Now, I cannot wait for “Obamacare” to come into effect. This bill I vaguely supported my life could’ve kept me out of debt if I’d only gotten it sooner. I’ll pay it off sooner or later and I don’t plan on getting sick again, but if and when I do, I’ll feel a whole lot more secure when I have affordable health insurance.

  33. steph says:

    i;m puzzled as to why Americans are so much more willing to invest in other countries than they are to invest in their own! Multi billions have been spent on bailing out the banks, war in foreign lands, and corporate welfare – with the taxpayers holding the bag. And yet with countless stories of people being turned away from hospitals because they had no insurance coverage, and stories of people dying, having babies on their own, and doctors standing in the parking lot helping people who couldn’t afford to walk through the doors of the hospital for treatment, why for God’s sake is fair health coverage such a problem. It seems to me the so called religious right are not really very nice people. Can someone please explain it to me?

  34. thedrpete says:

    Each human being comes to Planet Earth sovereign (subject to no other without explicit permission), and endowed with the unalienable rights to life, to liberty (the right to do whatever the heck you want . . . just as long as not infringing on others’ like rights in the process) and to property (the first being self, then ideas and talents, etc., and from whence comes the pursuit of happiness). The above, along with the unalienable right to self-defense of said, is based on my rational and logical critical analysis of what can and cannot make sense of the observable world in which we live.

    “Obamacare” is the final chapter in a book whose preface was written by FDR in 1942, whose early chapters were written by LBJ in the latter 1960s, whose middle-to-latter chapters were penned by Democrats and Republicans in congress, along with GHWB, Hillary Clinton, and GWB. Nothing — no-nil-nada-zero-zip-zilch — of any of the book is anything but negative and disastrous.

    No one — not a sole soul — has any right to anything produced by others, not groceries, not shelter, not transportation, not a job, not a “living wage”, certainly not medical, pharmaceutical, not so-called “healthcare”. Philanthropy can only occur in free markets, never ever at the point of a gun. Obamacare is armed robbery by government, government charged with protecting and defending individual rights, not plundering them.

  35. charlypriest says:

    Hi there James, first off thank´s for stopping by my crazy un-paid blog. I like the diversity of your blog and let´s say the truth, politically I´m inclined in your way. I see this was posted on September 26, came out good this Obamacare. I wrote about it, it´s now under the politics category maybe you find it interesting. I knew it would happen before it did, I´m from Spain, and the guy you have is a socialist, I know it because I´ve lived under their politics here in Spain.
    Anyways, I look forward to reading about your adoption process which I think is great and see how James is doing and more other things I´d like to read with time.
    Sooo, read ya

    • I’d love to hear more about what to expect and how we can prepare…

      • charlypriest says:

        I don´t think you can prepare for a child, just do your best I guess.

        • lol, I mean, for Obamacare.

          • charlypriest says:

            You can see and feel the effects know. Premiums are going already up and deductibles too. This is what is going to happen, I´m pretty good at this, so I can be 90% right. Peoples that have already health coverage are going to see the prices go up so high they are going to be screwed, so maybe the turn to the magical Obama website, but now, in order to pay for what Mr.O is offering you people with coverage and without coverage will have to pay more, since they where counting on young people to sign up to pay for older people, which is not happening. So what´s going to happen, my guess is you either repeal the hole thing or you will go bankrupt as a country.

  36. Capt Jill says:

    the way I see it, Obamacare is just one more fantasy of the progressives who simply don’t understand either economics or human nature. It is just impossible for a system like Obamacare based on giving away something for nothing to ever work. Somebody HAS to pay for it eventually!
    Yes, our health care system is a mess. The solution is not to add more of the same things that originally caused the problems, That thing is government interference in the market for health care. Just like any other market, where people are free to deal with each other in peace, they will come to an equitable agreement. No, health care is NOT any different!
    If you look at the history of our health care system in this country, you will see that our health care system WAS pretty damn good! The problems started when the government decided to tie health insurance to employment to get around the wage and price controls (they-government) imposed during WWII. That broke the tie between price and service. That caused prices to rise. They rose slowly at first because back then (after WWII) we didn’t have so many lawsuits and people happy to sue about everything, nor did we have so many people with the attitude that they deserved to be able to go get anything they wanted for free.
    So, after the health insurance=employment started the ball rolling on the rise in prices, then the government stepped in and caused the prices to rise even more. They added medicare and medicaid and SS disability to the mix. Those programs added so many millions more people who had no inkling or care about prices for medical services.
    Add those things to the fact that the government restricts access to WHO can provide medical services (which raises prices) and HOW they can do it (which also raises prices) and WHAT they can provide them with (which raises prices some more) and you will get a pretty good idea of the REAL cause of why our system is so expensive.
    That’s not even to get into the whole issue of the greedy insurance companies and lawyers!
    Obamacare is just about the worst thing we could have done. I tend to agree with those who propose it was done as a step along the way to a single payer system (government run). It was always intended to fail (and so it is already a huge success)!
    Our problems COULD have been solved, IF we had looked at the actual causes and tried to fix THOSE. For instance, we could have opened up the health insurance market to real competition, allow people to shop for their insurance nationwide, that would help alot. We could have allowed a company to offer REAL insurance, meaning something to cover health emergencies instead of things we all know happen, like pregnancy for example. There is STILL no such coverage allowed!
    I completely agree with thedrpete when he talks about the individual. I WILL NOT allow myself to be forced to buy a product I do not want, I do not need, I think is a HUGE violation of my rights as a human being! Obamacare will put people like me in prison for not complying with this disastrous program of his. OK, fine, let him! See how well that will go over when there are hundreds of thousands of principled people in prison and the government will have to pay $50,000+ each to keep us there instead of stealing that much or more in taxes every year!
    I can’t say for anyone else, but this is my line in the sand! I already pay more then 50% of my income in taxes and I do NOT consent to paying anymore to support other peoples health problems. Sorry, but if you want to pay 75% and up of your income in taxes, then feel free to move somewhere like France or Sweden, they have ‘free’ health insurance. Leave the USA as the ONE country in the history of the world that actually has some tiny bit of respect for the individual!!

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